You Can Be Beautiful Beyond Breast Cancer is Leslie Spencer’ personal story. She is a professor of health and exercise science who trained for and competed in her first women’s figure competition during treatment for breast cancer. In You Can Be Beautiful Beyond Breast Cancer, Leslie offers humor and honesty as she encourages fellow cancer survivors to set and reach their personal goals. Following sound and practical guidelines, she provides fitness and nutrition strategies to enable cancer survivors to reach new levels of wellness during and after treatment. While accessible to lay audiences, it is grounded in evidence-based practice and will benefit health professionals who work with cancer survivors.
“Courage is being afraid and doing it anyway.” This book will inspire and encourage you.
About the Author
Leslie Spencer holds a Ph.D. in Health Education from Temple University and is a Professor of Health and Exercise Science at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ, where she has served since 1995. She coordinates an undergraduate degree program in Health Promotion and Fitness Management and a graduate degree program in Wellness and Lifestyle Management (formerly Health Promotion Management). She is also a breast cancer survivor who trained for and competed in her first figure competition while undergoing four surgeries, 18 weeks of chemotherapy and 6 weeks of radiation therapy. She participated in a second figure competition in August 2011. Both competitions are hosted by the Organization of Competitive Bodybuilders.
Leslie will be a partner with Dr. Kathryn Schmitz, an Associate Professor in the College of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, on the WISER Survivor study of fitness training for women at high risk for breast cancer, slated to begin in the fall of 2012. Through a grant-funded initiative, Leslie will host one of ten sites identified to provide fitness counseling and training to participants and collect data for the study.